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Chinese UNESCO Creative Cities Shanghai, guest of honour in the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2019

22 Apr, 2019   /   Saint-Etienne, France



For its 2019 edition, the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne has focused on Chinese design. Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan – the 4 UNESCO Design Cities from China were the guest of honour of the event. In total, 115 delegates from 14 Chinese cities participated to the Biennale, and showed the common grounds between this huge country and the international design stage.

During one month, the Biennale’s visitors had the opportunity to discover the vitality of Chinese design, a blooming creative field, through multiple proposals:


A central exhibition EQUI-LIBRE on the main site a Manufacture- Cité du design

Curator: FAN Zhe, director of the Sino-French Contemporary Art Center in Chambon-sur Lignon.
This exhibition was the result of an important cooperation between the curator and the great Design Awards organizers, architects, artists, companies, main Design academies and Universities of China. For the firest time in Europe, it presented a great panorama of Chinese design through history and cities:

§  Design in the Past: the Road to Chinese Design

§  Design in the Present: a blooming Chinese design

§  Design for the Future: Shenzhen-ness; Shanghai Future Lifestyle, city, citizens, creators; transportation design in Wuhan ; smart city in Beijing.


Shanghai Future Lifestyle, City, Citizens, Creators, is an exhibition that gives an artistic vision of living in Shanghai in the future, with cases, videos and high-quality products. Indeed, Shanghai is internationally recognised as the city of style and fashion, a city where life is good and open to the world.


Common works of Chinese and French Art & Design Schools in the exhibition Stefania

Together with the projects developed between Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design and its partners schools from Beijing, Hanghzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Wuhan, 25 other French and Chinese schools showed their common works.


Source: Cities of Design Network,
 Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, D&I Tongji University